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Daily Headlines for Monday, February 27, 2017

Public Square | Traffic deaths, speed limits, smart cities, infrastructure plans, transit ridership, ramps, houses, transportation, and resort urbanism.

As traffic deaths soar, cities pursue lower speed limits to eliminate fatalities
The Washington Post — February 25, 2017
Jurisdictions across the United States, including those in the Washington region, are embracing lower speed limits as the key to reversing the recent rise in traffic fatalities.

Smart cities must be people-centered, equitable cities
TechCrunch — February 24, 2017
From the first human settlements millennia ago to the industrial revolution to today, technological breakthroughs have impacted the buildings we use, the way we get around and how we live, work and play in the urban space.

Missing: Donald Trump’s Trillion-Dollar Infrastructure Plan
The New York Times — February 27, 2017
Which of Donald Trump’s many campaign promises would bring real benefits to the economy? Which would almost certainly win support even among people who voted against him? And which seems to have disappeared completely from the White House radar?

Transit ridership is slipping in some big cities.
Grist — February 27, 2017
In fact, a manager of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system speculated that overcrowding might be causing the decline. It’s kind of like Yogi Berra said, “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

Local News

State agrees to $250,000 study for demolishing part of Hart Bridge ramps
Jacksonville Times-Ledger — February 24, 2017
After seeking $50 million to tear down a portion of the Hart Bridge’s elevated ramp system, Mayor Lenny Curry will get a $250,000 study by the state Department of Transportation that keeps the idea alive for future rounds of funding.

Advocates want Oregon to pave way for tiny houses
Tri-City Herald — February 25, 2017
Tiny house advocates want the Oregon Legislature to crack down on "bootleg" construction and make it easier to build the units legally. The move comes as cities across Oregon, including Salem, are eyeing tiny houses as a way to ease tight rental markets and address growing problems with homelessness.

San Joe’s Urban Villages Plan Faces Transportation Obstacles
San Jose Inside — February 24, 2017
In South San Jose, on the same land where Alan Shugart led IBM’s development of the disk drive, nearly 3,000 densely packed apartments and condos sit next to a light rail station at Highway 85.

Port Marigny critics hire planner, who says it could evolve into Seaside, Fla.-like resort
The New Orleans Times-Picayune — February 24, 2017
Seeking to bolster their argument that Port Marigny would be bad for Mandeville, opponents have hired an independent land use analyst who says the controversial lakefront development could turn into a resort incompatible with the surrounding community.